By Al Owens
Meeting in regular session last week the Vanceburg City Council tabled a request to take over ownership of the access road at Bee-Mart to the AA Highway in front of the Farmer's Market location and the new Human Resources Building.
Yancey Clark and Bill Fowler of Fowler-Clark Realty LLC, Danville, own the Human Resources Building and lease it to the state. R.B. Kirk owns the property at Bee-Mart.
After Vanceburg Mayor William T. "Bill Tom" Cooper explained the possible financial hardship ownership of the road could place on the city the owners asked that the action be tabled for now.
Cooper announced that Cleanup Week for the city will be held Monday through Friday, March 21-25. That week old appliances such as refrigerators, stoves, washers and dryers, furniture and tires will be picked up by the city and hauled off at no charge to the public. The list does not include computers or computer monitors because the city currently has no safe way to dispose of those items.
Regular garbage pick up days in the city are on Wednesdays and Thursdays so the mayor requests that most of the old appliances, etc., be placed on the curb on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. He also suggested that city residents be patient that week until city crews can pick up the discarded materials.
The council approved entering into an agreement regarding the Renaissance on Main/Main Street Program (RM/MS) as stated in an official Letter of Commitment. The agreement is for January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2005.
The agreement calls for the city to employ a local program coordinator/main street manager who will be responsible for the day-to-day administration of the Renaissance on Main/Main Street organization in the community. In cities with a population under 5,000 the job is a part-time salaried position.
The city would also establish and/or maintain an organizational entity that includes representation from both the public and private sectors.
That board would meet on a regular basis and maintain official meeting minutes denoting the organization's business.
The city and the organization would work together to provide an adequate budget with funds necessary for operating the program's office, to implement an active plan of work and to conduct ongoing training of the program manager and board.
Other obligations entailed in the contract include developing an annual written work plan for the local RM/MS organization; monitoring the progress of the Renaissance on Main district by submitting economic development reports; promoting and encouraging the program manager and board members to attend local, state and national training opportunities; providing RM/MS with copies of any materials relating to the Renaissance on Main/Main Street Program published during the program year; and demonstrating timely and professional administration of grant funds.
Cooper read a letter of resignation from a member of the local Housing Authority. Lee Taylor has been promoted in his job in the Department of Human Resources, and the new position requires that he spend a great deal of time traveling across the state. In the letter he stated that that circumstance would prevent him from meeting his obligations to the Housing Authority. With the council's approval the mayor appointed Patty Kennard to replace Taylor on the Housing Authority.
The mayor also read a thank you letter addressed to him from Sheila Ruark's fifth grade class at Garrison Elementary. Cooper had responded to some questions from the students about the job as mayor.
Cooper announced that three new police officers should be graduated from the Police Academy at Eastern State University soon. If they all pass then they will be on patrol in Vanceburg sometime in April.
The mayor told the council that he will be in Washington D.C. the week of March 13 to meet with Kentucky's Senators and Representatives to discuss the creation of a lake in Vanceburg for the purposes of recreation and attracting tourists to the area.